This dark and exciting historical novel marks the collaborative debut of two remarkable talents, the novelist William Horwood and historian Helen Rappaport.
When young, inexperienced but very ambitious female reporter Emily Strauss bluffs her way into newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer's office, she comes away with a treacherous assignment: to find out what happened to Anna Zemeckis, one of many women who have disappeared during the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. With the support of a young man who is just venturing into the burgeoning trade of news photography, Emily soon finds herself in a race against time to save Anna's life and to bring her story back to New York before Pulitzer's tough deadline expires.
19th century Chicago is a place of dangerous contrasts. Most obviously there is all the glitz and razzmatazz of the Fair itself and the spectacular wealth and influence of a new middle-class elite. But Emily must also come face-to-face with the rival ethnic groups, the sinister underworld of pornography and prostitution, as well as the ruthless meatpacking giants of the Union Stock Yard who control the lives and destinies of so many of Chicago's immigrant poor.
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'Dark Hearts of Chicago' combines powerful storytelling with the most meticulous research to produce a novel that is a striking new departure for both William Horwood and Helen Rappaport.Review:
Short chapters and tight plot invoke a cold dreak in the reader from the very beginning. -- Daily Telegraph
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Book Description Hutchinson, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11009179658X